I wish this was the complete book, not an abridgement that attempts to mirror the movie (which is why I only gave it four stars). That being said, Kathy Bates is FANTASTIC. This was a very enjoyable listen that was over far too soon.
While I can't deny the other reviews comments on the production elements of this book, they didn't detract from my enjoying the story. I can overlook the silly introduction and ending of each segment without a problem. While obviously streamlined, the meat of the story is still there. A great value at the current price. Not recommended for those who haven't already read the trilogy.
Yes, the sound is bad at times.
Yes, the BBC has this strange thing about using British actors.
Yes, you should keep the volume control close by.
It's still a fun listen and a great story.
I'm very glad this was recorded. But I can only recommend it to those who are already familiar with the print version and the author. It's hard to express just how pompous and bombastic Waite is, but the reader does a fantastic job of bringing this incredibly tedious text to life.
If you are looking for a introductory text on the Tarot, it's best to skip this one. If you are familiar with the author and others of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, then this can be an amusing listen.
If you find the author self-important and annoying, you are in good company: people have felt that way about Waite for more a century.
I wanted to like it and tried hard to give it a fair chance...
But still ended up losing interest after a few chapters. Esoteric wisdom is pretty hard to find in audio books and this book isn't terrible, it simply not out-standing either. It's by no means as annoying as Sylvia Browne, but possesses many of the same qualities of smugness and an over reliance on un-named authorities.
The abundance of White Light Fluff becomes tedious very quickly. Example: the Tarot is covered breifly and the names of the trumps are listed, except for one: The Devil.
Great tips on how to repaint a room, though.
If you have a surplus of credits and are curious about this book go ahead and get it. But I doubt you'll regret skipping this one, either.
For listeners who are looking for some genuinely solid material: I cant recommend Mitch Horowitz's Occult America strongly enough.
So far, the best esoteric book I've found here yet.
Just wish it was longer and went into even greater depth. Some times it seems like it is giving a Cliff Notes overview, other times it goes into exhaustive depth.
Will buy the book when it comes out in paperback this October.
Wish someone would make 'Secret Teaching Of All Ages' an audio book.
I realize that occult wisdom isn't going to be found in a 99 cent download. I also realize that with many New Age publications one has to have pretty low expectations.
Even then, this recording misses the mark. The interviewer and 'authority' spend so much time agreeing with each other I thought I was eavesdropping in on their first date together (Oh yes... So true, so true... uh-huh, uh-huh).
Add to this some genuine drivel like the Tarot is Chinese in origin.
If you are looking for food for the soul, keep looking. This is a Twinkie.
There may be a few usable tid-bits of information, but Covey spends far too much time in praise of himself and how he is the true possessor of the Higher Moral Ground. He also cant stop hinting that he is a Mormon, influential, a Mormon, successful, a Mormon, conservative, a Mormon, well connected and a Mormon.
Even a Cliff Notes version would have been too long, his major points could be printed on the back of a box of corn flakes.
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